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It’s officially my favorite month of the year! Happy October!

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  1. I love everything about this embroidered cardigan.
  2. What are you reading lately? I’m reading The Stand for the first time ever, and I love it. I’m not sure why it took me so long.
  3. Last year when I read about Death Salon at the Mütter, I made tentative plans in my head that I would return to Philadelphia again for my birthday. This was, of course, long before our Hawaii plans actually came into fruition. I’ve been following The Order of the Good Death and its co-founder, mortician Caitlin Doughty (her current project: Undertaking LA) fairly closely over the last handful of years, in the hopes to help deal with my own crippling anxieties about the inevitable.
  4. This Harvest Greetings card from Poison Apple Printshop is a beauty. I usually send a few fall greeting cards every year. My dad always gets a special Halloween one. It’s our thing. ♥
  5. These apple caramels from Lake Champlain Chocolates are made using Citizen Cider. If you have never in your life tried Lake Champlain Chocolates, I highly recommend that you do. And not just because they’re from my homeland.
  6. My next big jewelry purchase (one I’ll need to save for) will most definitely be a piece from Bloodmilk. Maybe I’ll start with the Petite Planchette ring.
  7. I’ve been really into facial masks and treatments, lately. I’d love to try this pineapple brightening mask from Herbivore Botanicals. My skin gets pretty dull looking, especially when winter rolls along, and I have yet to figure out how to work any magic using makeup.



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  1. New shampoo bars at LUSH, and most of them veganCopperhead uses coffee, cocoa butter, henna, and Fairtrade vanilla!
  2. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s “Box of Bonbons” collection for Lupercalia 2015 is calling my name, in particular “Lurid” and “Embalming.”
  3. Speaking of chocolate, Timothy won Valentine’s Day by gifting me a box of Fine & Raw. The cacao and agave truffles are my favorite, so far. I continue to be amazed by his thoughtfulness.
  4. This dress from ModCloth is beautiful. I’ve been keeping my eye out for warm-weather appropriate black clothing. I have a vacation in October to think about, and now’s a great time to start shopping for it. I am sure that post-summer sales will be kind to me, as well.
  5. I have convinced myself that I need these jeans.
  6. This dress from Urban Outfitters (collab with Alice Ritter) is amazing, as well. It also comes in plain black. Only $69.
  7. I love these pins from Explorer’s Press and Prize Pins. “Gone” and “No Time For Anything” have already been added to my collection.

Have a great weekend!


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This giveaway features a few favorite small things, handpicked by me for you. Because I like you and I think you’re nice. I wanted to spread a little love and brightness in the gloom of winter (because it will be winter until March or April, let’s be honest). I get that Valentine’s Day can feel overly saccharine, but it’s actually a great day to say to yourself, in case you’ve been forgetting, “Hey. I love you.” Nice and simple. Don’t waste your energy on negativity towards a retail-oriented holiday. Instead, treat yourself and move on, powered by chocolate, to bigger things. That’s the best. That’s where your energy belongs. Chocolate. Valentine's Day Giveaway

All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter entry form, and leave a comment below. How do you treat yourself? Additional entries can be earned by tweeting or by sharing this post to your Facebook page.

  1. Burt’s Bees lemon cuticle cream to heal (all natural, cruelty-free, free of sulfates and parabens)
  2. Pacifica Color Quench vanilla hibiscus lip tint for a dash of color (100% vegan, free of parabens)
  3. Katie Daisy “love” notebook for secrets or not-so-secrets
  4. tumbled amethyst and rose quartz for the heart and spirit
  5. Divine dark chocolate with raspberries bar (Fair Trade)
  6. Divine 38% milk chocolate with toffee and sea salt bar (Fair Trade) Valentine's Day Giveaway

The giveaway ends January 30th 12am EST. Good luck! Personal friends and family members are welcome to enter, since you make up the majority of my readers and I love you. I will contact the winner by February 1st.

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Over the last few years, I’ve become sort of chocolate-obsessed, the darker the better. My chocolate desires do not carry over into the realm of baked desserts and ice cream, however, as I much prefer vanilla. These bars are my favorites, and they’re all quite a bit different! ** Please don’t get the wrong idea and assume I’m some sort of artisan chocolate snob, because HA if only you knew. 


Mast Brothers Crown Maple

I’m going to start with the newest love of my life. I’ve been wanting to try Mast Brothers bars for quite some time, and I finally bit the bullet and indulged. Crown Maple, a limited run, is made with cacao and maple sugar (that’s it!), and it was a wonderful place to start. Mast Brothers chocolate is handmade in small batches in Brooklyn, and the shelf of artfully wrapped bars at Lolly lured me in, at last. This bar is intensely, deliriously dark, with a light, lingering taste of maple. It’s got a pretty earthy bite.


Lake Champlain Chocolates Rum Caramel

I can’t help but love Lake Champlain Chocolates. Now that I live outside of Vermont, these bars are a rare treat. This particular bar is a more accessible dark chocolate (54%), and is filled with a sweet, deep Jamaican rum caramel. This is a good pick for people who don’t normally enjoy dark chocolate (and who also happen to like caramel, and possibly booze). This is, by far, my favorite filled bar.


Montezuma Sea Dog

I originally bought this for Timothy’s birthday (because of the lime), but I think I ended up liking it more than he did. Sea Dog is a dark chocolate with a kick of lime, and crunchy bits of sea salt throughout. I am a sucker for citrus, and for sea salt, so I don’t know… maybe I subconsciously bought this one as a gift just so I could try it.


Fearless Green Tea Mint

Green Tea Mint is a 70% dark bar that I originally bought because I love matcha in all things dessert, and the combination of matcha and chocolate is one of my favorites. The peppermint is a nice touch, here. I was also hopelessly drawn in by the packaging design. Fearless chocolates are available to me locally, but you can shop all their varieties online. This is another rather earthy bar, probably not for everybody.


Lindt Touch of Sea Salt

This is my go-to bar when I want an easy dark chocolate that I don’t have to think about. It’s not particularly complex, but it’s smooth and sweet with just the right amount of salt. It’s a readily available bar, not too spendy, but it’s still a couple steps above what is available at the average American convenience store.

My tastes tend to vary, as you can see, depending on whatever mood I’m in or the amount of cash I happen to be carrying in my pocket!

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